I had a bad Summer and Fall. I just haven't had the willpower to make running a priority with the crazy hours I've worked and unlike 2011, I'm not coming off a great Summer. I don't have that "cushion" of mileage that let me nail my long run even if it was my only run of the week.
So, while my wife was waiting to start her 13.1-mile leg of the NCR Trail Marathon Relay (her 11th half and 4th this year), I bonked on a three mile run that took me over the famed Mason Dixon line.
I will always be there cheering for Chris at the finish, but watching everyone finish made me want to be out there again.
I recall in 2010, when I ran the last leg of a marathon relay among people who were at miles 19-26.2 and feeling better than me. It was just a bad day, but it made me realize I needed to train harder to run the half marathon that I was signed up for a month from them (I ended up w/a PR) and it made me really consider a full marathon for the first time. It was a rude awakening, and so was today. Time to join a gym. Time to get out there after work, even if it's just a mile or two. Time to push the "new" legs to the limit and see what they've got.
Time to be the runner I was before.